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Garden Glossary

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Sacred Groves These areas have referred to inside-temple compounds. In Homeric Greece, they were places of resort or outside citadels often used for meditation and intellectual conversations.
Scale The relationship between the actual size of something represented in a plan and often how landscape elements relate to reality in a plans implementation.
Scene The design objective of any or all of a garden from a specific viewpoint within that garden
Screening Plantings These are shrubs used to provide privacy, block a poor view, or as a natural boundary or barrier.
Shakkei "Borrowed’ scenery" in a Japanese garden (e.g. a mountain)
Shrubs Low woody plants, usually with multiple shoots or stems emanating from their bases
Seasonal Interest or Color Various plants, particularly annuals provide a dramatic show of color or tone during certain times of the year and this fact is planned for in the design
Shin-gyo- so Terms used to describe respectfully, a formal, semiformal and informal style of Japanese garden design
Shoin-zukuri This is the study (shoin) style (zukuri) style of laying out a Japanese garden.
Sightline A line extending from an observer's eye to a viewed object (Merriam-Webster)
Simplicity The state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded (Merriam-Webster)
Site The space of ground to receive landscaped improvements
Site Analysis Act of determining the elements inherent within a site that must be accounted for within the landscape plan
Sketch A rough drawing representing the chief features of an object or scene and often made as a preliminary study (Merriam-Webster)
Specimen This plant is grown by alone in a lawn or garden for it’s ornamental effect, rather than massed with other bedding or edging plants.
Stream A body of running water (as a river or brook) flowing on the earth (Merriam-Webster)
Stewpond A fishpond in a monastery garden
Stroll Garden A Japanese garden planned to reveal a series of views as a visitor strolls along the paths throughout the gardens
Suburb Residential area on the outskirts of a city or large town (Merriam-Webster)
Sundial A device that uses the sun to tell the time and used as a garden ornament
Symmetry The correspondence in size, shape, and relative position of parts on opposite sides of a dividing line or median plane or about a center or axis (Merriam-Webster)
Synergy The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that the combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects
Synthesis The composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole (Merriam-Webster)
System A regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole (Merriam-Webster)
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